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that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.

Prov. iii. 9. Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the first-fruits of all thine increase. 10. So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

Blessed are the

To the Merciful.-Matt. v. 7. merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Ps. xviii. 25. With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful.

Prov. iii. 3. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; bind them about thy neck, write them upon the table of thine heart. 4. So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Prov. xi. 17. The merciful man doeth good to his own soul; but he that is cruel, troubleth his own flesh.

Deut. xxiv. 12. If the man be poor, thou shalt not sleep with his pledge. 13. In any case thou shalt deliver him the pledge again when the sun goeth down, that he may sleep in his own raiment, and bless thee; and it shall be righteousness unto thee, before the Lord thy God.

XI. To the giving and receiving of REPROOFS.

To the reproving faithfully.-Prov. xxiv. 25. To them that rebuke him [the wicked] shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.

Prov. xxviii. 23. He that rebuketh a man, afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.

To them that regard Reproof.-Prov. xiii. 18. Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction; but he that regardeth reproof, shall be honoured.

Prov. xv. 31. The ear that heareth the reproof of

life, abideth among the wise. 32. He that refuseth instruction, despiseth his own soul; but he that heareth reproof, getteth understanding.

Prov. xxv. 12. As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.


Prov. xx. 22. Say not thou, I will recompense evil : but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee.

Prov. xxv. 21. If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink. 22. For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee. Rom. xii. 20.

Matt. v. 44. Love your enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate you; and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. 45. That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven; for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Matt. vi. 14. If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Mark xi. 25. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any; that your Father also which is in heaven, may forgive you your trespasses.

Luke vi. 35. Love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again, and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful, and to the evil. 37. Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.

1 Pet. iii. 9. Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing; but contrariwise, blessing: knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.


To Chastity.-Ezek. xviii. 5. If a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right; 6. And hath not defiled his neighbour's wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman: 9. Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly: he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord.

To Purity.-Matt. v. 8. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Ps. xxiv. 3. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? and who shall stand in his holy place? 4. He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart.

Ps. xviii. 26. With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure.

Ps. lxxiii. 1. Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

2 Tim. ii. 21. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

Tit. i. 15. Unto the pure all things are pure.


Prov. x. 4. The hand of the diligent maketh rich. Prov. xii. 24. The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; but the slothful shall be under tribute. 27. The substance of a diligent man is precious. 11. He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread.

Prov. xiii. 4. The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. 11. Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished; but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

Prov. xiv. 23. In all labour there is profit; but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

Prov. xxi. 5. The thoughts of the diligent tend

only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty, only to want.

Prov. xxii. 29. Seest thou a man diligent in his business; he shall stand before kings, he shall not stand before mean men.

Prov. xxviii. 19. He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread; but he that followeth after vain persons, shall have poverty enough.

To improving our Talents.-Matt. xxv. 23. Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord. 29. Unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance. Matt. xiii. 12.

Moderation in Sleep.-Prov. xx. 13. Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

XV. To the JUST and HONEST.

Deut. xvi. 20. That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

Deut. xxv. 15. Thou shalt have a perfect and just weight; a perfect and just measure shalt thou have; that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

Prov. xi. 1. A false balance is an abomination unto the Lord; but a just weight is his delight. Prov. xv. 27. He that is greedy of gain, troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live. Prov. xvi. 8. Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without right.

Prov. xxviii. 20. A faithful man abounds with blessings, but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

Prov. xxi. 3. To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

Prov. xii. 21. There shall no evil happen to the just; but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

Is. xxxiii. 15. He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil: 16. He shall dwell on high; his place of defence shall be the munition of rocks; bread shall be given him, his waters shall be sure.

Is. lvi. 1. Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judg ment, and do justice; for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. 2. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it.

Ezek xviii. 5. If a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right; 7. And hath not oppressed any; but hath restored to the debtor his pledge; hath spoiled none by violence; hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment; 8. He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase; that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity: hath executed true judgment between man and man; 9. Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly: he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord.

Ps. xv. 5. He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent; he that doeth these things, shall never be moved.


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